Gov. Pataki supports it. Gov-Elect Spitzer supports it. The Senate decided yesterday to not reject the proposal; the Assembly didn’t touch the subject. All in all, it looks that the Commission for Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century’s proposal for sweeping changes in NY State’s health care system is going to become law. The legislature has until December 31 to reject the plan, but a special session would have to be called, and it appears that this is not going to happen.
Even though it appears that the proposal will become law in its entirety, there may be some room for change in the future:
Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly’s health committee, said lawmakers this week began talks with Spitzer’s transition team about compromising on some of the recommendations.
Even after the recommendations become law “room for negotiation” exists, said Bill Van Slyke, spokesman for the Healthcare Association of New York State, which represents hospitals and nursing homes.
The next state health commissioner will have flexibility in how the recommendations are implemented, he said.
As of this writing, I have no idea of details of possible negotiations.
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